Monday, March 31, 2014

Sea Bright Rising




St. Bernard Project is excited to announce the recent partnership with Sea Bright Rising, a community based non-profit organization, established in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Sea Bright Rising is committed to the relief of Sandy survivors and general recovery efforts in the Sea Bright community. Since it’s founding in 2012, Sea Bright Rising has been on the ground working in the community and successfully raised over $1,300,000 in donations to support their local relief efforts. SBP’s East Coast Operations expansion to serve New Jersey communities will enable us to serve more residents and families who are still displaced more than a year later.

On Wednesday, March 26th, 2014, we officially launched operations to serve Sandy survivors in Sea Bright, New Jersey and celebrated the partnership with our new affiliate, Sea Bright Rising. This partnership will implement a residential rebuilding program and focus on serving community residents still waiting to return home. In 2014, Sea Bright Rising will rebuild 30 homes in the area. The program will serve homeowners who own their homes but lack the financial resources to rebuild of their own. Sea Bright Rising will use SBP’s proven effective model to provide a clear, prompt and efficient path to recovery for homeowners in Sea Bright and the surrounding communities in need. We are extremely excited to help local New Jersey residents rebuild their homes and their lives. To learn more about Seabright Rising, please visit http://seabrightrising.org/, on Facebook.com/SeabrightRising and on Twitter @SeabrightRising.       

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Happy Mardi Gras!

By: Shana Campbell

Get excited and let the countdown begin because Mardi Gras is on Tuesday, March 4! What is Mardi Gras anyways? Simply put, it is an annually celebrated holiday in resilient New Orleans. However, what is it really? If you ask this question to a tourist, they may describe partying on Canal Street with friends and drinking cold, delicious daiquiris. Alternately, if you pose this question to a New Orleanian, their description may illustrate symbols of tradition and family. Even though I cannot claim New Orleans as my hometown, I often dream of the savory traditions of the city.   
Upon graduation from Spelman College, I relocated to Greater New Orleans to participate in a ten-month AmeriCorps program, City Year Inc. where I worked full-time as a tutor and mentor to at-risk elementary students. During my service term, I lived in New Orleans East near the Lower 9th Ward. Living in New Orleans East, I experienced Mardi Gras very differently than tourists. I enjoyed the festivities in my community with fellow neighbors and families; not on Canal Street. I learned quickly that Mardi Gras was about traditions, parades, music, good food, and extravagantly decorated floats and costumes. Mardi Gras was certainly a happy time for my students and I; what I remember most was the excitement they felt during this time. My students taught me that you always celebrate Mardi Gras with a king cake. 

During Mardi Gras, nearly all businesses are closed since most streets are completely inundated with parades and crowds of people. To describe Mardi Gras in three words, I would say community, fun, and tradition. Even though I won’t be in attendance this year, I am still excited for all those that get to enjoy it. For more information about Mardi Gras celebrations, please visit http://www.mardigrasneworleans.com/. Enjoy and Happy Mardi Gras 2014! 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Martin Luther King Day of Service

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." For the past 20 years, America has recognized each third Monday in January as a national day of service. MLK Day of Service is considered a “day on, not a day off” especially by SBP.     


The SBP-NY regional team is happy to celebrate the impactful contributions of renowned civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who dedicated his life to achieving equality and eradicating social injustices. SBP certainly shares Dr. King’s vision of a “beloved community”.


The Corporation for National & Community Service acknowledges the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. annually through nationwide community service projects. This year, SBP-NY’s AmeriCorps and regional staff teams will honor the visionary leader by participating in meaningful rebuilding activities in Rockaway.



“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This MLK Day, the SBP-NY regional team encourages you to pledge your advocacy for communities and citizens in need. More than 40 years after passing, Dr. King’s legacy lives on through his example of incorporating community service in our daily lives. Thank you Dr. King for your incomparable leadership and devotion to social justice. To learn about SBP-NY’s direct rebuilding efforts, please visit our website at sandy.stbernardproject.org.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! The SBP-NY regional team is excited for 2014! Each new year presents opportunities, resolutions and new beginnings. In keeping with the spirit of giving, SBP encourages you to let your new year’s resolutions include serving those impacted by disaster. Neighborhoods across the New York region are still struggling to recover and rebuild.

In less than 8 years, SBP has become a model for disaster recovery. The SBP-NY team is undoubtedly committed to helping survivors of natural disasters like the Kase family return home. The Kases’ journey has not been easy but they were able to return home just before the holidays! Rockaway residents for over twenty years, the family is very appreciative of the AmeriCorps members who worked tirelessly on their home. They made personal connections with volunteers that are invaluable and noteworthy. Last year proved successful for SBP as we rebuilt over 60 homes in Staten Island and Rockaway.

In 2014 SBP will rebuild 120 homes, 60 in Rockaway and 60 in Staten Island. SBP is especially excited about the new partnership to rebuild Sandy damaged homes in Sea Bright, New Jersey. This great opportunity will allow SBP to expand into New Jersey and help more impacted communities in the region.

This year, SBP urges you to remember those still in desperate need. We have more than 300 families that remain on our waiting lists. Please consider donating or volunteering with us! Please visit our website: sandy.stbernardproject.org for more information on how you can help Hurricane Sandy survivors!